World War I Gained Its Label

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World War I was, simply put, a war like no other. It was the first total war the world had experienced and it revolutionized our idea of war and what it entailed. World War I eventually coined the nickname “the war to end all wars”; which we now find to be ironic because there have been plenty of wars since. At the time, however, it was believed that society would be rebirthed by the war and it would be changed to a more perfect form. There would be no sense in war anymore because humanity would finally be ideal. Yet when we examine the casualties and destruction post-war, they add up to a horrific amount. During this era, it seemed nearly impossible for war to continue, in consideration to the welfare of humanity. Still though, it only took a few short years for, not just any war, but another world war to unveil. World War I gained its label due to its promise of peace; however it was deemed faulty due to its aftermath and its deathly, unfortunate reality.

Going into World War I, many had beliefs that peace would arise post combat. This is one of the reasons the war gained its faulty title, “the war to end all wars”. President Woodrow Wilson nicknamed the war this due to the optimism he had in his Fourteen Points. The Fourteen Points were to be America’s aims during the war, this was to prove to Americans that there was a moral reason behind this combat. However, other Allied powers used this as a reason to bombard Germany.

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